The Agnes Robinson Waterloo Public Library

Gifts and Donations Policy

The Agnes Robinson Waterloo Public Library is pleased to accept gifts from the community. Gifts are gratefully and willingly accepted as long as no restriction is placed upon their use.

Acceptance of books and other library materials will be determined by the library director on the basis of their suitability to the library’s purposes and needs in accordance with the library’s MATERIALS SELECTION POLICY. All gifts are accepted with the understanding that if the Library is unable to use the materials (those that are duplicates, outdated, in poor condition, etc.) they will be disposed of by donating them to the Friends of the Library Book Sale or other means. All other items that are accepted will be incorporated into the collection. Unused donations cannot be returned to the donor.

The library does not accept old magazines, textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest Condensed Books or outdated books. At any given time book donations may be refused on the basis of lack of storage space or shelving.

Monetary gifts will be used for the purpose specified by the donor.  Non-monetary gifts other than books may be accepted but with the understanding that the library is free to use them as needed.  Acceptance of, use of, or disposal of all gift materials will be determined by the library director.  The library has the right to sell donated materials or to discard any gifts in poor physical condition (e.g. brittle paper, water or mildew damage, torn and/or missing pages).  Donors may request a tax donation letter from the library; however the library will not appraise the value of donated materials, though it can provide an acknowledgment of receipt of the items.



Reviewed and approved by the Library Board of Trustees on May 13, 2019.